An acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreak in northern Bangladesh in 2012 killed 13 of the 14 children who fell ill, and scientists believe it may have to do with lychee orchard pesticides. AES, whose symptoms include unconsciousness, convulsion and excessive sweating,…

More than 80% of urban Indonesian children ages 10 and above have had dengue infection at least once, according to a first-of-its-kind study.While the country ranks No. 2 in the world for dengue disease burden, researchers say the government’s data, derived from passive…

In its quest to develop new treatments for neglected diseases that are often overlooked by the major drug companies, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) launched the

An outbreak of the rare flesh-eating disease cutaneous leishmaniasis is ravaging a community of about 300 impoverished cave dwellers in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Some say the cure—a regimen of excruciating injections—is almost as bad as the disease.  

With fungal infections on the rise, researchers wonder if climate change is to blame. Science journalist Lindsey Konkel explores the links between human activity, environmental changes and fungal diseases.   Because fungi love moist, temperate climes, a warming world is…

The Financial Times dove head first into reporting on neglected tropical diseases in a massive special report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together, the diseases afflict more than 1 billion people worldwide, many of them poor.   Topics highlighted in…

Neglected tropical diseases seize the focus today as WHO brings out a new report, and global experts, donors and policymakers are convening this week on Geneva.  

The CDC’s estimate that approximately 300,000 people are living in the US with Chagas—a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage—is now backed up by a new study.  

The UK pledged to double its investment in the fight against neglected tropical diseases—a move expected to protect 200 million people.  

The parasitic worms associated with elephantiasis, which causes painful skin disfigurement, did not cause a recent surge in foot deformities among western Ugandans, as health officials had thought. Instead, say researchers from the Uganda Ministry of Health, the WHO and the…